The Civil War’s Battle of Malvern Hill was fought on July 1, 1862, near the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
And, as with the battles of Fort Sumter and Gettysburg, Malvern Hill had an influence on baby names. I’ve found dozens of U.S. babies with the name “Malvern Hill” — though many got the combo decades after the fact, which is interesting.
Here are the Malvern Hills I found from the 1860s specifically:
- Malvern Hill Lash (Virginia, 1862)
- Malvern Hill Barnum (New York, 1863)
- Union soldier Henry Barnum, the father of Malvern Hill Barnum, was declared dead following the Battle of Malvern Hill. After his family held a funeral for him, he was discovered alive in a Confederate prison. He was rescued and sent home in mid-July. Baby Malvern arrived the following September.
- Malvern Hill Logan (Georgia, 1864)
- Malvern Hill Watts (Missouri, 1864)
- Malvern Hill Foster (Virginia, 1865)
- Malvern Hill Hill (Virginia, 1868) — yes, Hill twice
Speaking of Hill twice…the name Malvern can be traced back to the Welsh words moel and bryn, meaning “bare, bald” and “hill.” So, if you take etymology into account, the place name Malvern Hill is redundant, and Mr. Malvern Hill Hill’s name contains Hill thrice.